Alabama football coach has tested positive for Covid-19, the school announced Wednesday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will take over the Crimson Tide’s offense for the time being as the head coach self-isolates,
“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said in a statement. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”
Big news out of Alabama. Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID. So has athletic director Greg Byrne pic.twitter.com/padDYCH5ut
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) October 14, 2020
The news comes days before the Crimson Tide plays host to Georgia in an eagerly anticipated SEC clash between the second- and third-ranked teams in the country. Update: Saban would not be able to coach from home.
Coaching from home via Zoom doesn’t sound possible for Saban against Georgia. https://t.co/cf98bJb72X
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) October 15, 2020
The SEC has been plagued by Covid-19 positives this week as the Vanderbilt-Missouri game and LSU-Florida game has already been pushed to December due to the coronavirus.
Per his Alabama bio:
Saban, who will turn 69 on Halloween, is in his 11th season in Tuscaloosa, Saban’s uncompromising dedication to excellence in every phase of the program has resulted four national championships over the last seven years. A seven-time National Coach of the Year, Saban has achieved resounding success as a head coach and has earned a reputation as an outstanding tactician, leader, organizer and motivator. Those qualities have sparked impressive turnarounds at every stop of his career. Saban’s consistent approach and disciplined leadership are the reasons his teams are known for exhibiting grit, determination and resilience, often overcoming adversity to achieve victory.
Byrne, the AD at Alabama, also released a statement:
“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”
Daughter Provides Info
No symptoms. He’s literally coaching practice from a Zoom call💪🏼 (I had permission to say this)
— Kristen Saban Setas (@KristenSabanS) October 14, 2020
"Sark's going to kind of fill in in my absence around the office," Saban said.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) October 14, 2020